Western Australian Coastal Weather Station Details

When using wind data, it is important to remember most coastal stations are located on land so wind speeds may be unrepresentative of the actual wind conditions further out to sea. The reasons for this include:

  • the decrease in wind speed over the land due to the generally rougher land surface.
  • the effects of local topography, especially funnelling near and around headlands.
  • the effects of inshore sea and land breezes.

Some stations are a good distance away from the coast but have been included as they provide some helpful information in areas where there are no other weather stations.
Note: Values for the distance in kilometres from the coast have been rounded up to one decimal place. Values of less than 0.2 km (200 metres) are identified as 'on the coast'.

Station name Metres above sea level Kilometres from coast Site of anemometer
WYNDHAM TO KURI BAY
Wyndham Airport 4 m 6 km Airport
Kalumburu 23 m 7 km Flat - Mission
Truscott 51 m 5 km Airport
Troughton Island 8.2 m Island Airport
KURI BAY TO WALLAL
Kuri Bay 12 m On the coast On coast
Adele Island 4.6 m Island Flat - Island
Derby 6 m 7 km Airport
Cygnet Bay 7 m On the coast On bay
Broome 7 m 3 km Airport
Bidyadanga 11 m 1.8 km Flat - Mission
Mandora 7.5 m 6 km Flat- Station
WALLAL TO CAPE PRESTON
Pardoo 9 m 3 km Flat -Station
Bedout Island 9 m Island Flat - Top of Island
Port Hedland 6.5 m 6.5 km Airport
Roebourne Airport 12 m 10 km Airport
Legendre Island 29 m On the coast On hill top on north side of island
Karratha 7 m 4 km Airport
CAPE PRESTON TO NORTHWEST CAPE
Mardie 11 m 12 km Flat - Station
Barrow Island 6.4 m On the coast SSE Part of island
Onslow Airport 10.5 m 3 km Airport, salt flats
NORTHWEST CAPE TO CARNARVON
Learmonth 5 m 2 km 2 km from Exmouth Gulf, 26km from west coast.
CARNARVON TO KALBARRI
Carnarvon 4 m 1.5 km Airport
Shark Bay Airport 3 m 5 km Airport
Denham 9 m On the coast On hill in town
KALBARRI TO JURIEN BAY
Kalbarri 6 m On the coast In town
North Island 2 m 0.5 km Centre of island
Geraldton Airport 33 m 7.5 km Airport
JURIEN BAY TO MANDURAH
Jurien Bay 1.5 m On the coast On coast
Lancelin 4 m On the coast On coast
Ocean Reef 10 m On the coast On hill top
Swanbourne 41 m 0.7 km In sand hills
Melville Water 0 m In Swan River On Inner Dolphin Pylon
Rottnest Island 43 m On the coast On hill in centre of island
Garden Island 6 m On the coast Southern end of island
MANDURAH TO CAPE LEEUWIN
Mandurah 3 m On the coast At ocean marina
Bunbury 5.2 m 2.5 km At racetrack
Busselton Jetty 3 m On the coast Near end of jetty
Cape Naturaliste 109 m 0.5 km On hill at lighthouse
CAPE LEEUWIN TO BREMER BAY
Cape Leeuwin 13 m On the coast On coast
Windy Harbour 4.5 m On the coast Sand hills
Walpole North 73 m 8 km In hills
Albany Airport 68 m 13 km Airport
Albany 3 m On the coast At town museum
BREMER BAY TO ISRAELITE BAY
Hopetoun North 26 m 2 km On a hill
Esperance 25 m 2 km On a hill overlooking Esperance Bay
ISRAELITE BAY TO SA BORDER
Eyre 5.6 m 0.8 km In sand hills
Red Rocks Point 3 m On the coast On coast
Eucla 93 m 4.6 km On top of scarp